U.S. women’s national team captain Lindsey Horan apologized Thursday for critical comments she recently made about fans of the USWNT, saying her remarks were “poorly expressed” and that she loves U.S. fans “so much.”

In an interview with The Athletic dated Feb. 1, Horan said: “American soccer fans, most of them aren’t smart. They don’t know the game. They don’t understand. [But] it’s getting better and better.”

She added in the same interview: “I’m gonna piss off some people, but the game is growing in the U.S. People are more and more knowledgeable, but so much of the time people take what the commentators say, right? My mom does it! My mom says, ‘Julie Foudy said you had such a good game!’ And I’m here, just going, ‘I was f—ing s— today.'”

The midfielder, 29, issued her apology during a conference call with reporters ahead of the Concacaf W Gold Cup, which is slated to begin Feb. 20.

“First and foremost, I would like to apologize to our fans,” Horan said during the call. “Some of my comments were poorly expressed and there was a massive lesson learned for me.

“When I think about our fans, I love them so much. This team loves them so much and I can’t begin to explain how much they mean to us. Every time we step out and train, every time we step out and play in games, we play for you guys and you are our inspiration, you are our motivation and seeing you wearing our jerseys and seeing you screaming our names and chanting ‘USA,’ that’s what we play for.

“And I never wanted to take any of that away. And continuing on that, the soccer culture in America is changing and growing so much in such a positive way.”